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News Release

RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

June 23, 2000

Media Contact:

Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418


Public Health Report by ATSDR to be Released at Meeting

PROVIDENCE - The next meeting of the Central Landfill Management Action Committee will take place on Tuesday, June 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Ferri Middle School (Room 220) in Johnston. The meeting is open to the public.

This ad hoc committee was formed to advise state, federal, and local authorities on appropriate actions to be taken concerning issues such as odor and erosion problems that have been occurring at the Central Landfill. The committee serves as a vehicle for providing outreach and dialogue with the community on a regular, ongoing basis.

The committee consists of representatives from the community surrounding the landfill, DEM, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state Department of Health, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, as well as local elected officials from Johnston, Cranston and Scituate.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), a public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will release its health consultation for the Central Landfill site at Tuesday's meeting. ATSDR prepared the health consultation in response to a request from DEM to determine whether air emissions from the Central Landfill and the New England Ecological Development Corporation's facility at the site pose a health threat to people living in the area.

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